Balance Bike Instructor

Norte is for happy, healthy, ready to learn kids in Traverse City no matter their age. We are also huge fans of balance bikes and believe that there is no better way to teach children how to ride.

The Estrellas program happens during the school day in the gym. Each session consists of four 30 minute practices per preschool class. Sessions are 1x/week for 4 weeks.

Each session involves riding the “road” as a class in the gym with activities becoming progressively more and more challenging week to week so that skills continue to improve. Preschoolers can go from not being able to balance to feeling the success of scooting along with classmates in just one month!

Balance bikes teach both coordination and neuromuscular control that is paramount to safe, confident, independent bicycle riding. This fun and stimulating gross motor activity also facilitates academic learning by improving concentration, developing skills of listening and following instructions, as well as fine motor skills like handwriting.

2018-2019 schools, with more being added:

  • Blair
  • Courtade
  • Central Grade
  • Cherry Knoll
  • Eastern
  • Elk Rapids – Lakeland
  • Immaculate Conception – tentative
  • Long Lake
  • Northport Public School
  • Oak Park
  • Pathfinder
  • Silver Lake
  • TCAPS Montessori at Glenn Loomis
  • Traverse Heights
  • Westwoods
  • Willow Hill

Instructors are welcome to help at one school or several schools.

We are at the mercy of the schools regarding scheduling but we should have dates/times for each school soon.

Estrellas instructors should:

  • believe in the Norte vision
  • love to ride bikes
  • love working with kids
  • love helping kids succeed
  • be able to attend a 2 hour training session
  • be available for all 4 weeks of the program
  • have a vehicle to transport 20 bikes and helmets (a SUV or minivan work well)
  • be awesome people
  • like the color orange
  • be able to write clear, concise, timely, error-free emails to their program participants on a weekly basis


Instructors are paid $80/session (for 2 preschool classes). If 3 classes are at a school, instructors will earn $120/session.

To apply

Please email resume stating your suitability for this position to Executive Director Ty Schmidt at

El Grupo Norte Youth Cycling is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate in employment, promotions, or compensation on the basis of sex, age, race, religion, color, national origin, marital or veteran status, or disability.